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Dead of Night
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Director:
Writer:
Alan Ormsby (written by)
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Release Date:
30 August 1972 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
See the Shattering Suspense From the Start! See more »
Plot:
A young man killed in Vietnam inexplicably returns home as a zombie. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
1 win See more »
NewsDesk:
(29 articles)
User Reviews:
"Everything's fine, Bob" See more (65 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

John Marley ... Charles Brooks
Lynn Carlin ... Christine Brooks
Richard Backus ... Andy Brooks
Henderson Forsythe ... Dr. Philip Allman
Anya Ormsby ... Cathy Brooks

Jane Daly ... Joanne
Michael Mazes ... Bob
Arthur Anderson ... Postman
Arthur Bradley ... George, Army Captain
David Gawlikowski ... Truck Driver
Virginia Cortez ... Rosalie, diner waitress
Bud Hoey ... Ed, diner cook
Robert R. Cannon ... Drunk in diner
Raymond Michel ... Policeman in Diner
Jeff Becker ... Young Boy
Scott Becker ... Young Boy
Greg Wells ... Young Boy
Kevin Schweizer ... Young Boy
Jeff Gillen ... Bartender
Alan Ormsby ... Bystander
Mal Jones ... Sheriff
Edward Anderson ... Deputy
George De Vries ... 1st TV Announcer
Bob Noble ... 2nd TV Announcer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John Bonney ... Helicopter Pilot (uncredited)

Bob Clark ... Officer Ted (uncredited)

Directed by
Bob Clark 
 
Writing credits
Alan Ormsby (written by)

Produced by
Bob Clark .... producer
Gerald Flint-Shipman .... executive producer
Peter James .... producer
Geoffrey Nethercott .... executive producer
John Trent .... producer
 
Original Music by
Carl Zittrer 
 
Cinematography by
Jack McGowan 
 
Film Editing by
Ronald Sinclair 
 
Casting by
Jessica Levy 
 
Art Direction by
Forest Carpenter 
 
Set Decoration by
Albert Fisher 
 
Costume Design by
Dyke Davis 
 
Makeup Department
Alan Ormsby .... makeup effects
Tom Savini .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
John 'Bud' Cardos .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jeff Gillen .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Ralph Weir .... props
 
Sound Department
Jim Clark .... assistant sound
Gary Goch .... sound
Kenneth Heeley-Ray .... sound editor
 
Special Effects by
Tom Savini .... special effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Randy Franken .... camera operator
John McGowan .... assistant camera
Michael McGowan .... camera operator: second unit
Don Piel .... assistant camera: second unit
 
Other crew
Jamie Chastain .... production assistant
Winton Churchill .... video production assistant
Rodger Kobzina .... video production assistant
George Livingston .... video production assistant
Sandra Marley .... script supervisor (as Sandra L. Ulosevich)
Bill Vergis .... animal owner and trainer: "Butch"
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Deathdream" - USA (reissue title)
"Whispers" - USA (reissue title)
"Deathdream" - Belgium (English title) (video box title)
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Runtime:
88 min | Belgium:98 min (video version)
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:X (original rating) | Argentina:16 (re-rating) | Australia:R | Australia:M (2005 re-rating) | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | France:-12 | Iceland:16 | Norway:16 | Sweden:15 | UK:15 | USA:PG | West Germany:18

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Trivia:
There was a mishap with the fiery car climax. While Richard Backus and a stunt driver were speeding through the streets the fire set at the rear of the car got out of control and was sucked into the back seat of the speeding car. Fortunately there was a Plexiglas shield dividing the backseat from the front of the car where the performers were. It startled Backus, who had to stick his head out the window to keep from inhaling smoke. Much to the actor's dismay, director Bob Clark wanted the scene re-shot with less fire.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in This Changed Earth (2011) (V)See more »

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15 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
"Everything's fine, Bob", 31 July 2004
Author: diesel1-1 from Richmond, Va.

I've heard about this movie for years and read the praise heaped on it, and I knew it couldn't be as good as all that. I could never get my hands on it anyway, so I figured I'd never know. But I just watched it yesterday, and it is as good as all that.

Though filmed in the early 1970s, Deathdream doesn't come off as hopelessly dated. Its themes resonate strongly even today.

As an allegory, the film makes its anti-war points bluntly. This war (thought it is never named it's obviously Vietnam) is killing too many of our boys and making zombies out of the ones that make it home. But the movie is not generally anti-war -- it manages to contrast Vietnam with WWII, represented as a good war (in the person and words of the mailman), where there was little doubt what we were doing was right and that our military forces were being led authoritatively to absolute victory. The same couldn't be said for Vietnam, and by 1972, no one really remembered what we were fighting for anymore. Deathdream was filmed before Vietnam ended and released after, making its timing perfect.

There are a few criticisms, hardly worth noting -- some scenes are poorly staged and lighted, and Clark doesn't always get the best out of his actors (and has little to work with in some cases). Early scenes are a bit stilted (Was the movie shot in sequence with the story? That might explain it), but the movie finds its groove at about the 30 minute mark.

Don't expect a slick production. It's a small, claustrophobic, personal movie with rough edges to spare. Some scenes of violence are cartoonish and others are brutal. Also, the effects and makeup are much better than we have any right to expect. Poor, rotting Andy is a heck of a sight, and a sad sight in the scene where he is led down the stairs by his mother.

Deathdream is an amazing accomplishment all things considered.

"Everything's fine, Bob."

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